Cognate's Trademark Blog

Article: Why law firms are paying attention to blockchain

Daniel Linna, the director of The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law has launched a new index to measure innovation in law firm legal services delivery. Although, as various commentators have noted some of the research methodology is a little lax, Google searches and law firm websites being the main research … Read more

Finding IP Information On Lexis Nexis, Update.

Sometimes the endless searching on the big databases makes one feel like you’re looking to find that mysterious route through the North West Passage.   Never fear Lexis are getting much better at helping users navigate their way through  the ice floes, past the dangerous headlands and narwhals.   Here’s their latest tip(s) and where … Read more

Cannabis Industry Sector Trademarking Strain Names Like There’s No Tomorrow

If you are a trademark lawyer working in the sector or based in California this, we’d suggest, is a must read article. Business Insider talks with cannabis delivery service, Pot Valet, who say, intellectual property rights for cannabis strains are a growing, yet dangerous trend. Pot Valet believe cannabis growing companies are creating their own marijuana … Read more

Press Release: Oman Implemented The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Unified Trademark Law On July 31, 2017

Ladas & Parry law firm published this release via the JD Supra network this week.   The country of Oman adopted the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Trademark Law on July 31, 2017, as published in the Official Gazette on July 30, 2017. Official fees are expected to greatly increase once the Implementing Regulations issue, so … Read more

Are We Running Out of Names to Trademark Global Companies

An interesting report from Bloomberg on the back of Yahoo! Inc’s rebranding to Altaba Inc.”   There’s some discussion about global company re-branding but what’s of more interest is the reference of the following quote by  corporate-identity consultant Tony Spaeth There is a numeric limit to the universe of names, the combinations of letters of five syllables … Read more

California To Roll Out Own Cannabis Trademark Legislation

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use.  In 1996, California approved Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act.  Two decades later, California voters approved  Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).  Despite the fact that cannabis has been legal in California since 1996, you still … Read more

 Irell & Manella Partner Andrei Iancu Whitehouse Choice For New Director At U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. has reported that President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Irell & Manella partner Andrei Iancu to be director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Iancu would succeed Michelle Lee, who resigned in June. Joseph Matal is currently leading the office on an interim basis. reveal… Iancu’s name has been mentioned for months as a possible PTO … Read more

Some Important Trademark Stories From The Past Week

There’s been some big stories in trademark over the past week and as stories go it doesn’t get bigger than our first one. New Balance and their award by a Chinese court. Virtually every corner of the legal media has reported the development so here’s the BBC version for you to have a look at. … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Weekly Roundup: 25 August 2017

Our weekly roundup of some of the more pertinent blockchain and the law stories & issues. Another busy week on this front and it isn’t going to go quiet anytime soon   Title: Magos develops AI prediction software with neural and blockchain technology Author: Crypton Ninjas Website Date: 25 August 2017 URL: Extract:   Please read … Read more

Ten Law Firms Join Blockchain Group, The Etherum Alliance

The Etherum Alliance has  announced that ten U.S. law firms and four further  legal institutions that focus in block chain technology have joined the group.   Cooley Debevoise & Plimpton Hogan Lovells Holland & Knight Jones Day Morrison Foerster Perkins Coie Shearman & Sterling Cardozo Law School’s Blockchain Project The new law firm members have … Read more